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Why It’s Even More Important to Take a Persian Rug to a Professional Cleaner

If you own a hand-knotted Persian or Oriental rug, you may be tempted to clean it yourself in an effort to save a little money. Now, if the rug is not that dirty, and all you want to do is give it a dusting with the vacuum, doing it yourself is fine.

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A Western Anatolia 16th century knotted wool Lotto carpet.

However, if you want to give the rug a thorough cleaning, the best thing for you to do is to take it not just to a professional rug cleaner, but to a professional Persian/Oriental rug cleaner because, simply put, they know what to do and how to do it right. Here are a few reasons why using a professional is the best thing to do.

  1. They understand the importance of dusting.

Before they do any cleaning of a rug, a professional Persian rug cleaner will dust the rug thoroughly. This is extremely important. In fact, it is the most important part of cleaning. And it is something that many people – even professionals – neglect to do.

Dusting is important to remove the small particles of dirt on the rug, especially ones that have fallen into the pile. If these particles are not removed, they can damage the rug because of their abrasiveness. If you do not dust the rug thoroughly, you simply remove the dirt on top, leaving the deeply lodged particles underneath.

Moreover, because of the way they are made, Persian rugs can hold a lot of dirt without looking soiled, literally pounds of it.

Persian rug cleaners are painstaking in their efforts to dust out this dirt. It is a very time consuming process. And they do this before they do any washing of the rug.

  1. They use the right detergents.

Persian rug cleaners use detergents that are specially made for these types of rugs. Moreover, they test the rugs to make sure the cleansers will not hurt a rug’s colors. Then, they wash the rugs using a rug shampoo that is safe for use on wool. After that, they rinse the rug using an acidic solution that neutralizes the alkaline cleanser, which helps to stabilize the dyes in the rug so that they do not run. Finally, they groom and dry the rugs using air movers. Cleaning a Persian or Oriental rug properly takes a lot of time and effort, but the result is worth it.

When you need your Persian or Oriental rug cleaned in the Dallas region, take it to Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Give us a call at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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Stored Rug Have a Crease? Here’s What to Do

You just removed a Persian or Oriental rug from storage and noticed a big crease running through it.

Chances are it was folded while in storage. Whether you folded it yourself by mistake or it’s a rug handed down to you from a family member, we’re not going to judge the person who readied it for storage. (But we will ask you to make an important mental note: never fold a rug for storage!)

Lay the rug out on a flat surface. If the corners won’t lie flat, fold them under the rug. Many rugs will simply flatten out under their own weight in a day or two. Some, however, with more serious creasing problems may take several weeks to straighten out.

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Imagine if these folds never came out.

But, if you are impatient to get that crease out, and don’t want to wait for the passage of time, there a few things you can do to speed things up.

  1. Roll up the carpet.

You simply roll up the carpet in the reverse direction of the crease. Or you can fold the carpet in the opposite direction. Leave it this way for a few days.

  1. Place something heavy – but not too heavy – on the fold.

Put a piece of furniture or some other heavy object on the carpet’s crease or the entire carpet for a few days.

You can also put tape under the corners with carpet tape that has adhesive on both sides. Stretch the carpet out just enough to straighten out the imperfection. Tape the rug to a table or clean surface and let it lie there for a few days.

Put the carpet in the sun for a few hours.  (Just a few; place it in sun for days and you could end up fading the carpet’s fibers.) You should only do this, however, when the temperature is 70 to 85 degrees. This is also an effective way to loosen the folds in the rug.

If none of the above work for you, try using a little steam from an iron.

Put a folded towel over the crease. You want to make sure you have at least one-half inch of towel over the rug to protect it from the heat.

Put the setting on the iron to medium heat with steam. Run the iron over the towel. The steam should move through the towel into the rug and straighten out the creases. Then hold the iron on the towel for five seconds. You can do this for each area of the rug that is creased.

  1. Call upon the professionals.

Finally, if none of these techniques works, you should take the rug to a professional rug cleaner. It can use a professional steam cleaning system to take care of the imperfections.

If you’ve noticed that the fold has effectively worn away the fibers of the rug, you’ll definitely have to take it to a professional. If this has happened to your Persian or Oriental rug, call upon the experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Contact us at 972-447-9600 for an appointment.

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Letting “Any” Carpet Cleaner Wash Your Persian Rug? Stop Now!

If you rug needs professional cleaning, you can call just any professional carpet cleaning service, correct?

Wrong! Wrong! A thousand times wrong!

Here’s why:

A “regular” professional cleaning company often will do a fantastic job cleaning your wall-to-wall carpets and area rugs….but only if they aren’t the textile works of art that are hand-knotted Persian and Oriental rugs. Each and every hand-woven rug needs personal attention, and the kind of cleaning attention that only someone with particular experience cleaning them has.

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Professional carpet cleaners who come to your home can do a fine job – so long as their job is not to clean your Persian/Oriental rug.

The proper way to clean a hand-knotted rug is in water with no harmful chemicals. Cleaning the rug in this way helps preserve these rugs so that you and your children and grandchildren can enjoy their beauty for decades – possibly even centuries – to come.

Rugs eventually become full of ground-in dirt, dust, and grit. These substances become literally like knives as they cut your rug’s fibers, possibly even encouraging mildew and pests. Cleaning the piece yourself doesn’t remove the ground-in muck from your carpet’s foundation, and commercial cleaning companies who come to your home to clean the carpet almost always aren’t schooled in the skills needed to properly clean handmade rugs.

Here are the steps taken by professional Persian/Oriental rug cleaners such as Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas as they clean your rug.

  1. They will thoroughly inspect your rug before cleaning it.

This lets the cleaner make sure the rug is handmade, from where it originated, and its fiber content. This also allows the professionals to see if there is any fading, wear, tear, chemical residue from previous cleanings, and other issues before starting.

  1. The professional will test the rug to make sure its colors don’t run.

Dyes have become more complicated in recent years, so much so that “eyeballing” the rug to ascertain if its colors will run no longer works as well as it used to, even for expert rug cleaners. So the professional should test all colors in your rug before starting the cleaning process.

  1. The professional will “dust” the rug.

This makes sure that all dirt and dust that hasn’t yet ground into the rug is removed prior to cleaning. The rug should be dusted again after it has been cleaned and has dried.

  1. The professional then washes the rug with flowing water.

The individuals cleaning the rug also will give it a gentle shampoo with a neutral-balanced solution that will clean the rug but not harm its fibers.

Once cleaned, all excess water is removed manually (no rollers or wringers should be used) and once as much water as possible is removed during this step, the rug is then either hung to dry or laid flat on a clean surface to dry (and then turned over regularly so that the rug’s top and bottom dry completely.

You should have your Persian/Oriental rug cleaned professionally at least every two to three years (more often if it sees a lot of use). Call Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas  at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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Preparing Your Persian Rug for Your Holiday Party

As the holidays approach, you undoubtedly are thinking of hosting a party or two. Perhaps you’re hosting a neighborhood party at your home, or your teens are planning on having a New Year’s Eve blowout.

Regardless, if you have a handmade rug in your home, you’re going to want to make sure it’s protected. In fact, this post’s headline may be a tad misleading because it’s not so much the rug you will need to prepare for the party, as it will be putting plans in place and taking some steps to protect the rug from party guests.

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We’ve put together a few “protective steps” you can take in preparation for your gathering.

  1. Where is your rug located in regard to where most of your guests will be walking, mingling, drinking, and/or eating?

If for example, your rug is located in a spot where a lot of people will be walking on it – especially if they will be carrying drinks as they walk – you may want to move the rug to a location that will see less action, or even place it in a room where no one will walk upon it.

Hand-made rugs are incredibly durable, but wine or eggnog, or even just spilled au jus from the roast beef spilled upon it can be problematic. If you’re worried about spills, as much as you want your guests to enjoy this textile work of art, it may be best to move the rug to a less-active area of your home.

  1. Make sure you vacuum the rug and rotate it before guests arrive.

You want to showcase the rug’s beauty you can do so best by making sure the rug is clean. If you have time (a few days), take the rug to Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas for a thorough and professional cleaning. At the very least, vacuum the rug – but use the machine’s suction tool; never use its beater brush.

You also should rotate the rug a few days before the party so that any indentions in the rug made by furniture legs have some time to flatten out.

  1. Remove any live potted plants from atop the rug.

In fact, it’s best if you never place any live potted plant on your hand-knotted rug. As careful as you will be, dirt and grime will make its way to the rug from the plant pot. In addition, we can practically guarantee that water will seep from the pot onto the rug, causing water damage. Have you ever seen worn rugs or rugs that appear to have a section “torn” from them? They more than likely were damaged by water.

  1. Many holiday parties are held at night, so you needn’t move the rug if the sun normally shines directly upon it.

However, as a rule of thumb, it’s best to make sure the rug never rests in direct sunlight – the sun can damage and fade the rug’s fibers. We know you want to showcase your beautiful rug, but it’s best if you keep the rug out of direct sunlight at all times. If that’s not possible, at the very least, rotate the rug regularly so that its fading is at least “even.” You also might consider investing in sunblock blinds, curtains, or drapes.

We hope your holiday parties create wonderful memories that you and your friends and family enjoy for years to come. Let’s make sure they also can enjoy your handmade rug for decades to come: call Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas at 972-447-9600 for more information on our professional rug cleaning services.

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6 Ways to Destroy Your Persian Rug

We’re not serious, of course: who would want to destroy a beautiful Persian or Oriental rug?

But some of us don’t know the right way to care for these lovely textile works of art and, even though these rugs are incredibly sturdy and can withstand a lot of “abuse,” we thought we’d talk to you about the things that could ruin your rug.

  1. Placing your rug in full sun. While the sun will make your rug’s colors “pop,” the sun will damage the rug over time, fading those beautiful colors. So aim to keep your rug out of the full sun. If doing so is unavoidable, at the least rotate it so that no part of it will fade more than another. You also should remove it from the full-sun spot in the summer – the sun’s rays are just too intense. Instead, place the rug in full sun only during the winter months, when the sun’s rays are weaker.
  2. Placing the rug in high-traffic areas. This can destroy it over time because people walking on it again and again over the years will wear it down. In addition, if you use a rug without proper padding, walking the same path can wear out your rug faster than normal. Rotate the rug yearly so that both sides wear evenly. You can still use your rug but consider moving it to a less traffic area as long as you inspect it monthly for moth activity (sweep rugs to fight off moths).
  3. Storing the rug standing up and wrapped in plastic wrap. Never do this. Instead, always store your rugs lying down, off the ground, and never bent. Also, never stand the rug on its end to store it. You also should never store the rug in plastic wrap as it can retain moisture, possibly causing mold and mildew to appear on your rug. Make sure the room in which it’s being stored is climate-controlled, as a damp room can encourage mold/mildew and a too-dry room can mean moths may attack it.
  4. Ignoring the rug and never cleaning or vacuuming it. Many people think their Persian/Oriental rug is too delicate to vacuum. It’s definitely not! Instead, you should vacuum the rug at least monthly, but don’t use a vacuum with a beater brush; always use the machine’s suction only. You also can brush the rug with a broom to get dirt and dust out.
  5. Never having it washed. Your rug should be professionally washed regularly. Yearly if it receives a lot of use; every three to five years if it’s not walked on a lot.
  6. Just taking it to the driveway and hosing it down. Trying to wash a rug at home is very hard because a wet rug becomes very heavy and may rip if the water is not removed before it is flipped or even moved to wash both front and back.  Also using the correct non-chemical, gentle solution to help remove the two pounds of micro dust collected in the pile of the rug takes know-how.  Here at Persian Rug Cleaner we never hang rugs to dry, as this helps to keep the shape of your rug and helps prevent color run. We suggest laying your rug flat in your clean driveway and pushing out as much water as you can from the front and back.

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To recap, here are some things you should do to care properly for your rug:

  • Keep it out of direct sunlight.
  • If placed in a high-traffic area, proper padding is a must to help keep your rug from wearing out quickly. Rotate it regularly and remove it to another area periodically.
  • Store it by rolling it with its pile facing you as you work in a breathable cotton fabric. Place it in a well-ventilated, non-humid room, make sure the rug is off the floor, and never bend it.
  • Vacuum it only with the machine’s suction; never use a beater brush.
  • Have it professionally cleaned regularly, on a schedule of every three to five years.

If looking for a professional and reliable professional cleaner for your fine handmade rug, Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Give us a call at 972-447-9600.

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Cleaning a Silk Oriental Rug

While silk Oriental rugs are sturdier than they look, they are more delicate than an Oriental rug made of wool.

Therefore any discussion of how a professional will clean your silk rug needs to start with tips on how you should care for the rug.

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Even the gentlest of shampoos may be too abrasive for a silk rug. Read below for some more tips regarding keeping the rug clean.

  • Because silk rugs can get stained easily, it’s best not to place them in spots where they will endure a lot of foot traffic.
  • That being the case, many owners of silk rugs prefer to hang them on walls to showcase their gorgeous designs and protect the weave.
  • You should sweep a silk rug gently or vacuum it (lightly). If you vacuum the rug, use only the machine’s brush-less suction head because the vacuum’s roller brush could damage the fibers. A stationary brush is better, but it’s still best to use the suction head only.
  • Should you spill something on the rug, clean it up ASAP. This helps keep the stain from setting in to the rug’s fibers, thus making the stain almost impossible to remove.
  • Scoop up food spills with a spoon (be careful not to scrape the rug itself).
  • If you spill liquid, press a clean, white, absorbent cloth gently against the spill to absorb as much liquid as possible. Once you’ve removed most of the liquid, get another clean, white, absorbent cloth and gently blot up as much of the remaining liquid as possible.
  • It’s best to avoid heat of any kind on the rug. So let the rug air dry and make sure you keep it far from heat wall vents, and portable heaters during its day-to-day existence.
  • If the rug is still stained, avoid chemical cleaners. The silk fibers are just too delicate.
  • When you eventually decide it’s time that rug have an overall cleaning, don’t use shampoo on the rug. Even a gentle shampoo will have chemicals that are just too harsh for the rug.

This is why it’s imperative that a professional rug cleaner clean the rug. A professional silk rug cleaner will wash your rug thoroughly and safely, ensuring the rug comes back to you in better shape than when you brought it in.

If you need your Oriental silk rug cleaned, bring it to the silk rug cleaning experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Give us a call at 972-447-9600.

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